Stories for November 2002


Thursday, November 28

Beulah Beryl "Rusty" Inman


Remember those less fortunate this holiday season

It's that time of the season again when the sounds and smells of the holidays fill the air.

Stephen Leroy Adams


Holiday Home Tour starts Dec. 7

Residents show off styles, decorations as Rotary fund-raiser

For people who haven't had enough time or ideas to arrange their homes to June Cleaver's satisfaction for the holidays, there is hope. The Craig Rotary Club will present the annual Holiday Home Tour Saturday, Dec. 7.

Dorothy Ellen Wiseman


Kasadi Gene Laman


Georgia Mae Rippy


City, county master plan process moves forward

Moffat County and the City of Craig continue to move forward in preparation for the new Master Plan, which will update the original Master Plan adopted in 1982 by the county.

Residents urged to get on top of holiday shipping

Postmaster offers tips for getting gifts out on time, unharmed

Nothing is more frustrating than taking the time to mail a Christmas gift that doesn't reach the recipient in time for the big day. But following a few simple guidelines established by the United States Postal Service should ensure that your packages arrive on time.

MCHS alumni earn All-American honors

The conditions in Ashland, Ohio, on Saturday for the 2002 NCAA Division II cross country nationals weren't ideal for the normal breed. But the ice, snow and cold were just what the runners from Colorado teams, including Moffat County High School alumni Kelly Christensen and Emily Mortensen, were ready for.

Swimming in the deep end

Swim team returns 10 state qualifiers and boasts 14 seniors

For most of the 14 seniors on the Moffat County High School girls swim team, chlorine and friendships go together like sunscreen and summer.

Touch of spice

The sick room

I'll just say Katie was sick and leave it at that.

Business park plan may go to city ballot

A proposal to turn 23 acres of old sewer lagoon into a business park might find its way to the April 1 municipal ballot.

'Winter Wonderland' to grace streets of Craig Saturday

Old Man Winter has arrived, and to kick off the holiday season Craig residents can enjoy festive lights, caroling and community pride Saturday during the annual Parade of Lights sponsored by the Craig Lions Club.

Budget fight continues

Sheriff says commissioners could have used better communication

Both sides of a brewing feud between Moffat County commissioners and the sheriff's department say they agree on the need to cut next year's budget.

Climbing out of the classroom

Unconventional class takes students to explore the outdoors

The P.E. 3 class at Moffat County High School is driving teacher Craig Mortensen up a wall as well as up a mountain, in a cave and through a canyon.

County ups insurance coverage fees

Employees unhappy with rate increase

Moffat County commissioners Wednesday approved across-the-board hikes in fees paid by county employees for health care coverage.

Tuesday, November 26

Caleb Joshua Sutton

Kiara Schuette

Shayleigh Rae Copeland

Dorothy J. Lyons


Group focused on starting babies' lives in healthy way

Support group encourages breast-feeding

A support group is coming to Craig for prospective mothers considering breast-feeding, and for mothers already breast-feeding.

June Irene Coy Pickett


Eugene Irvin Petryszak



Telephone scam may be coming this way

The Craig Police Department is warning local businesses about a new telephone scam that may give callers access to customers' long distance lines.

Wildkats qualify for national competitions

It could have been a mistimed jump or misplaced toe touch, only the judges know.

MCHS b-ball teams open seasons with scrimmages

Tuesday marked the unofficial start of the Moffat County High School boys and girls basketball season as they laced up to play against someone other than their teammates.

Steven R. Goldstein


Young students challenged to read

Teachers and administrators chugged into the Sunset Elementary School gymnasium Monday afternoon and asked students to jump on a train the ACE Express.

State gives nursing home last warning

Valley View Manor cited for 16 deficiencies by Colorado Department of Public Health

Alleged lack of proper care, including a failure to meet the medical, nursing, and psychological needs of some of its residents, might mean Craig could lose its only nursing home, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Council considers giving local bidders preferential treatment

The city's debate over whether to give local bidders preference for city projects and equipment may soon come to a close.


Gary Jones

Johnnie Bennight

Dane Randall Grubb

Tavian Walker Owens

Michael Machin O'Neil

Arion Noel Schweikert

Monday, November 25

Dorothy Ellen Wiseman


Bernice Louise Finley


Craig police

Five football players named All-Conference awards

The only thing that would have made Monday night's Moffat County High School football banquet better was if it was a little bit longer. Instead of the traditional team banquet sleeper, Monday night's gathering was a three-hour energetic celebration of the team's first playoff bid in four years.

TMH awarded $40,000 grant to combat obesity

The number of children in the United States who are overweight has tripled in the last three decades, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

CMS teachers adapt to 'team' teaching system

Next fall, the concept of "team" is going to be used at Craig Middle School a lot more than on just the playing fields.

Sales tax revenue down

City officials can't apinpoint cause of drop

Craig's September sales tax receipts dropped nearly 6 percent from revenues collected in the same month last year.

Law enforcement to increase patrols over Thanksgiving

Craig Police say they're beefing up patrols over the Thanksgiving holiday, as the Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement statewide gear up for this year's 'Click It or Ticket' campaign.

Sunday, November 24

Horizons seeking 'light' funds this holiday season

Last year Horizons Specialized Services in Northwest Colorado helped 68 families identify developmental delays and find necessary help for young children.

CWD cases in area hit 19

Local sampling site tests more than 4,000 animals this season

So far, 15 deer and four elk submitted at the sample removal site at the Craig Warehouse have tested positive for chronic wasting disease this season, said Vicki Weber, administrative assistant at the site.

Craig police

Gary Jones

CMS teams continue their winning streaks

Somebody forgot to inform the Craig Middle School basketball teams of the saying, "you win some, you lose some." The seventh- and eighth-grade teams extended their undefeated seasons with two wins apiece this weekend.

June Pickett

'Weighting' it out on Turkey Day

An once of prevention can keep off the pounds during the holidays

Odds are you're going to weigh more on Jan. 2 than you did on Thanksgiving Day.

Thursday, November 21

Library, county continue dispute

Personnel lodge complaints against management

A month after an agreement was signed between the county and library board to help settle employee disagreements the disputes continue, and library and county officials continue to disagree on the chain of command involved in settling those arguments.

Moffat County adopts new building code

City official considering new system

The Moffat County commissioners recently approved adoption of the International Building Code.

Masters of the House

Opening night of 'Les Miserables' sets high standard for school performances

"Les Miserables" finally got out of the boardroom and on to the stage Thursday night at Moffat County High School.

Anxious to flex their muscles

The MCHS girls b-ball team is aware of its inexperience, but believes it's ready

As the five seniors on the Moffat County High School girls basketball team sat down to talk about the upcoming season, they came to a revelation.

Touch of spice

Boys and girls are from the same planet

Two people in the grocery store told me what a good little boy I had.

Wednesday, November 20

Craig police

Students wrap-up RAD semester with expo

This fall, Craig Middle School and Craig Intermediate School students have been cooking, exercising, writing, riding, stitching and investigating after school four days a week.

Back in the saddle again

Rider back on bulls

After seven years away from the rodeo, Jim Holt anxiously waited for Craig cowboys Wes Hertzog and Dave From to pull up to his Baggs, Wyo., home.

Former Craig mayor questions courthouse remodeling

Concerned Moffat County residents moved by a hot-button topic occasionally leave staff at the Moffat County Courthouse scrambling for more chairs at commissioners' meetings.

James Leroy Herod

Uncertain about insurance

County officials mull over companies; employees may have to pay higher premiums

The company that provides Moffat County with its insurance is hiking its rates 20 percent and county employees might take it in the pocketbook.

Steven R. Goldstein

Tuesday, November 19

Hockey costs vary with experience

Tape for stick $3 Shin guards $50 Shoulder Pads $100 Hockey Skates $300 Rocketing a puck past the goalie Priceless

National honor society members recognized

Old and new members of the Moffat County High School National Honor Society were recognized in a ceremony Tuesday night at MCHS.

13-14 bantams take one of two games from Steamboat

The rivalry on ice has been renewed.

John Lee Vyvey


MCHS measures school climate

For the first time last spring, Moffat County High School began an effort to gauge the climate and satisfaction of students, their parents and teachers at Moffat County High School.

Elkhead expansion plan complex

By the end of 2005, Moffat County residents could be able to play in a reservoir that's 20-feet deeper and that holds 12,000 acre feet more water if everything goes according to plan.

Coming to the table

Some people might have seen it as a miracle.

Courthouse remodeling to begin

Plans call for greater audience capacity, new offices for commissioners

With full funding expected from a state grant to remodel the Moffat County Courthouse, county commissioners could begin meeting in a revamped room in the building's basement by next spring.

Students gear up for play's opening night

Before dress rehearsal practice began Tuesday night for Moffat County High School's production of "Les Miserables," a few of the cast members debated where they placed chronologically in schools putting on the performance for the first time this year.

Monday, November 18

Judge reduces bond for man accused of molesting daughter

Judge Joel Thompson Monday reduced a $100,000 bond for a Craig man who allegedly sexually assaulted his daughter over a 10-year period.

Area Farmers Union revitalized

New membership could mean new future for organization

Of the more than 100 members in Northwest Colorado, the 12 members of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union who met Monday gave evidence of a dying organization but the decisions those 12 made may bring it back to life.

Jesse Lloyd Crabtree


Hospital plans flat lined

With new sites to be reviewed, administrator calls current proposal 'dead in the water'

Because hospital officials have agreed to explore other locations to build a new hospital, the rest of its plans are "dead in the water" for now, said The Memorial Hospital Administrator Randy Phelps.

Combined court facility facing more cuts

The same people whose cases fill court dockets could be asked to help boost the system financially in the face of potentially crippling budget cuts.

Craig police

Bruce Austin Corson


Learning to fall

I hate to brag but two weeks ago I proved that I've still got it.

At least two more to go

Rider makes commitment to win, and does just that

As Dave From arrived at the Senior National Rodeo Final in Reno, Nev. Oct. 28, his task was simple. Survive and he would win his first World Championship in the 40-50 age group of saddle bronc riding.

Sunday, November 17

CMS A-teams remain undefeated

Eighth grade beats Steamboat, 50-29, Rangely, 46-24

The Craig eighth-grade boys basketball team knew going into the season that it was the tallest and quickest basketball team in its league. The key to winning for the Bulldogs was going to be teamwork and unselfishness.

Christopher C. Warren


Almost unbelievable

Craig resident Dalton Carr dealt with death threats, criminals, charging bears now faces greatest challenge

At first it's hard to believe all of the stories Dalton Carr, 67, tells about his life.

Economist says there are alternatives to drilling

In 2001, the energy industry accounted for more than $6 million dollars in revenue for Moffat county.

CMS A-teams remain undefeated

Seventh grade close with Steamboat in 38-33 win

The post players for the Craig Middle School seventh grade A-team can't be stopped, either.

Landowner rights misunderstood

If people own a piece of property, but don't own the mineral rights below the surface, the mineral owner has a right to mine what's under the land.

Shooting investigation continues

Police interviewing possible suspects

Craig police are still piecing together facts from a Thursday incident during which a man allegedly fired a weapon at a passing motorist in a trailer park on the southeast side of the city.

E. Marie Shepherd


Helen Lavina Ducey


Panel discusses future of oil, gas development

In front of more than 100 people on both sides of the oil and gas drilling issue, Moffat County Natural Resources Director Jeff Comstock tried to emphasize what he saw as the importance of drilling in Moffat County.

Thursday, November 14

Craig police

Dennis Marlin Cox


Touch of spice

Tipping the scales in the school of hard knocks

A semi-intent cleaning of some hidden corner in the office and all of the sudden a dusty, but nearly new copy of the 1970ish "A Parents' Guide to Child Safety" landed on my desk with a thump and a laugh.

Glider investigation continues

While an investigation continues into September's crash of an ultralight glider at Craig Municipal Airport, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that federal flight rules were violated in the incident.

Estey inks early with UNLV

In his first at bat as a freshman for Moffat County High School, Jerod Estey hit a home run. Fourteen home runs and almost three years later the MCHS senior has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas to play baseball.

Visiting Nurse Association faces budget cuts

Nobody could follow in Marilyn Bouldin's footsteps, several officials with the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association said Thursday.

Oil, gas forum set for Saturday

Workshops to be held throughout the day on variety of topics

Energy development is a priority in Northwest Colorado but many residents and private landowners are not informed about what rights they have to participate in crucial decisions made on public and private land, said organizers of a conference coming to the Center of Craig Saturday.

Otto mihalich

Talking the talk

Moffat County High School speech team finds success in competition, classroom

They practice hard every day. They compete every month. They are funny, sad, bitter, satirical, and they are, in their own words, different.

MCHS All-Fall Athletes

The Moffat County High School athletic teams provided ample excitement on the field, course and court this fall.

Wednesday, November 13

HRC denies employment, contract accusations

Hamon Research-Cottrell did back out of an agreement with Antelope Construction for its portion of upgrades to the Craig Power Plant but only because the local firm couldn't meet its obligations, said Jeff Antonelli, the HRC's vice president of human relations.

Moffat County looks at cat laws

County officials are having preliminary discussions on adopting a new ordinance because Shadow Mountain residents are complaining that their neighborhood is being overrun with cats.

Otto Mihalich

TMH Board to review other hospital sites

After about an hour of listening to residents' concerns about the proposed location for a new hospital Wednesday night, hospital board members succumbed to the complaints.

Charles Voloshin

Program hopes to get people to eat better

Nate Balstad, a former high school shop teacher, now says he puts at least some of those creative energies into cooking.

Agencies regroup after embezzlement scandal

Representatives of the group that funds many local non-profits say Robin McKenzie's embezzlement of more than $38,000 from two Craig agencies was a wake-up call to oversight boards across Moffat County.

Terrills celebrate 50th

Douglas Angelo Clark

Craig police

'One-on-one scramble'

Local rider wins seventh World Championship

If bronco rider Wes Hertzog keeps winning, Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill may soon be out of a job.

Tuesday, November 12

Learning to Skate attracts all ages, abilities

Steve Crisp, 15, had been on the ice to skate before, but he had never suited up in hockey gear.

Students learn in unique environment

Teacher Bill Ronis tells his nine students to get out their spelling books and instructs them each to open to a certain page.

Rescue workers appreciated

Holding their heads up high

As the season of fall sports comes to a close, we want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Bulldogs of Moffat County High School its football team, cross country teams, soccer team, volleyball team and golfers.

Eighth-grade boys b-ball finds competition in Meeker

The eighth -grade boys basketball team may have met its match.

EMS coordinator debate continues

The Moffat County commissioners want to hire an emergency medical services coordinator but several first responders in Moffat County still say it would be an unnecessary move.

The Moffat County commissioners want to hire an emergency medical services coordinator but several first responders in Moffat County still say it would be an unnecessary move.

Residents oppose hospital location

City Council tables decision on sending a letter of support until wording is drafted

The Memorial Hospital staff and board members were accused of ignoring public input Tuesday night by a group of Craig residents who attended the Craig City Council meeting to oppose a request that the city offer a letter of support for a new hospital.

Bouldin to leave VNA to head college's new nursing program

Marilyn Bouldin, director of community care with Craig's Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, has been hired by Colorado Northwestern Community College to lead the school's new nursing program.

Monday, November 11

Script changes for high school play approved

A request from Moffat County High School to change potentially offensive content in the high-school version of "Les Miserables" has been received and will be approved, John Prignano, senior vice president of Music Theatre International, said Monday.

Charles Voloshin

Polishing the gems

Local gymnastics team finds balance

A gymnast's view of the world is upside down at least during free time at practice.

United Way on pace to beat last year's drive

With coffers bolstered by generous area businesses giving, Moffat County United Way is on pace for a record-setting, fund-raising drive, officials with the group said Tuesday.

Control, alt, delete: Agencies give software the boot

After spending $66,143 on software to eliminate duplication of record keeping between the Moffat County Sheriff's Department and the Craig Police Department in 1999, the two agencies are budgeted to spend $78,000 over the next four years to replace it.

Sticking hospitals with the bill

A lagging economy hits TMH for $2 million in unpaid care

A less-than-healthy economy has left Colorado hospitals with a $3 billion tab for patients unable to pay their bills in 2001, said Randy Phelps, administrator for The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Judge decides to call it quits

Judge Joel Thompson has submitted his resignation to the Colorado Supreme Court, indicating he'll leave the bench nine days before his term was scheduled to expire.

Maybell students pay tribute to veterans

Bill Ronis, teacher at Maybell Elementary School, quoted Colin Powell Monday on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Sunday, November 10

Hornets power past Bulldogs in playoffs

MCHS unable to stop outside run of Pueblo County

When the seniors on the Moffat County High School football team walked out of the visitor's locker room, it was visible that the season was over.

Stephen L. Adams

Council to decide on hospital support

Plans to construct a new hospital include closing Russell Street and Craig City Council members have said they don't know enough about the potential impacts to make a decision.

Tower construction causes static for landowner

A Moffat County landowner said a cellular communication tower is under construction on his property without his permission.

College to host business classes in Craig

A key to having a thriving small business is keeping a customer happy so he or she does not walk out and go to Wal-Mart, said Ken Farmer, director of the business assistance center at Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig.

Beulah "Rusty" Inman

Meeker museum outlines history of town, country

Items and oddities offer glimpse of the past

The White River Museum in Meeker houses an array of artifacts and oddities documenting the history of settler life in Northwest Colorado.

Labor hearing set

Power plant workers could vote to join union

Members of the Western Colorado Trades and Labor Organizing Committee and two employees of Hamon Research-Cotrell will travel to Denver Wednesday for a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board that could result in the remaining employees voting on whether to join a union.

Grant makes way for Haz-mat supplies

Heated for comfort after possible contamination in a biological weapons attack, Moffat County's grant-funded and recently arrived hazardous materials storage trailer includes his and her showers.

Thursday, November 7

Touch of Spice

Trick or treat or something like that

I worked pretty hard to teach my little ladybug to say "trick or treat." I got "trick." I even got "treat peez," but try as I might, I couldn't get her to string them together.

Looking to the future

After the ballots were counted, "the boss spoke," as Darryl Steele would say.

Local mentoring program could get financial support

A grant proposal backed by the Craig Chamber of Commerce aims to pump new life into youth-business mentoring efforts hurt in recent years by federal budget cuts.

MCHS coaches confident for playoffs chances

The itinerary for the Moffat County High School Saturday reads as follows: 8:30 a.m. Breakfast at hotel 9:45 a.m. Depart for Pueblo 11 a.m. Arrive at Pueblo County High School 1p.m. Beat Pueblo County High School

County commission members discuss future

Raftopoulos, Hampton say 'bitter opposition' toward Steele did not exist

After the news was in that he would be the new Moffat County commissioner, Darryl Steele said on election night that he was confident he could work for the "better good" of Moffat County with the current commission even though it "bitterly" opposed him in this election.

Chairman named in judicial appointment committee

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael Bender has been appointed chairman of the 14th Judicial District's nominating commission, which will review applicants for the position to be vacated by Judge Joel Thompson.

Local CWD site tests more than 4,000 samples

California resident Dave Krawchuk has come to Craig to hunt for the past four years.

Wednesday, November 6

Bad Dawg wrestlers breaking in mats

Is it wrestling season already?

Former NHL player brings camp to Craig

Until this week, 10-year-old Jordan Wilson and 11-year-old Cole DuBois had never met a National Hockey League player. By Friday, they will have spent more than 12 hours with one.

Moffat County Partners seeks AmeriCorps member

AmeriCorps, a national program whose mission is to provide people to help non-profit organizations, is offering funding for an AmeriCorps member to one of its affiliates, Moffat County Partners in Craig.

Patrolman: Alcohol a factor in fatal accident

Toxicology reports regarding a Craig man killed in a Wyoming traffic accident show a blood-alcohol content of .15, said Lt. Bill Morse, a Wyoming highway patrolman.

NC Telecom says project almost complete

The end is in site for NC Telecom and the last leg of a high-speed telecommunications project covering Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties, NC Telecom's Rick Heming told a meeting of the Yampa Valley Economic Development Council Wednesday.

Nurse target of police probe

Hospital employee allegedly tampered with pain medication

A nurse with The Memorial Hospital suspected of tampering with patients' pain medication will be the subject of a Craig Police Department criminal investigation.

Moffat County High School choir off to NYC

Ray Zentz, the Moffat County High School choir instructor, quoted an old expression Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 5

Bernice Finley

Middle School basketball nearly perfect in Steamboat

If the Craig Middle School boys basketball teams had any questions about their ability, handily winning three out of four games Saturday against Steamboat Springs affirmed that they are capable of playing well.

Voters approve campaign finance law, deny other amendments

Like voters statewide, Moffat County residents are in favor of campaign finance reform, but that is the only change they want to see made to the Colorado Constitution this year.

Voters reject removal of county term limits

Once an elected official has served two four-year terms, it's time for a change.

Judge loses retention vote

Thompson to be replaced; James to continue on the bench

Joel Thompson, 14th Judicial District court judge, became the fifth judge to be voted out of office since Colorado implemented retention votes for judges in 1990.

Just for kicks

MCHS kickers split time between soccer and football team

Sometimes when a yellow flag flies onto the field in a Moffat County High School football game, junior Brad Hurd will turn to the person he's sitting next to and ask, "Now what was that flag for?"

River referendum doesn't hold water with voters

No new taxes.

Dorothy Wiseman

White wins state District 57 seat

Candidate gears up for state House assistant majority leader run

A winner in the race for the House District 57 seat on Tuesday, Republican Al White is gearing up for the week's second race on Thursday.

Incumbent Sheriff Grinstead keeps his job

"Well honey, we don't have to move."

Local Republicans celebrate victory

Al White, winner in the race for state House District 57, seemed to put it best: "It's a good night to be a Republican."

Steele wins commission race by landslide

Local residents want a more conservative and fiscally responsible local government, Darryl Steele said as the final numbers trickled in Tuesday night showing him as the landslide victor in the District 3 race for Moffat County commissioner.

Monday, November 4

Ballot bucks

Moffat County commissioners give more than $1,800

If money talks, the Moffat County commissioners and their families speak for Republican Party candidate Jean Stetson, according to recently filed financial reports.

Jury trial date set for lawsuit against city

Judge Joel Thompson this morning set a three-day jury trial for May to hear a lawsuit brought against the city of Craig in the near drowning of a five-year-old boy at the city's pool last year.

Cause of kitchen fire still under investigation

A kitchen fire burned through the floor of a house west of Craig Monday night.

FBI warns of new scam targeting elderly

Be sure that desperate young Johnny needing quick cash over the telephone for an emergency is really a Johnny that you know.

The curse of the 'Pressgrovino'

As both a sports fan and writer, I had two sad realizations this weekend.

Maudeline Mary Simpson


Steele, Grinstead win county races

Unofficial election results

Updated at 11:15 p.m. Unofficial results Total votes counted: 4,617

Sunday, November 3

Taking to the polls

Voters to speak their minds on local candidates tomorrow

The past month has been filled with debates, forums, mud-slinging television ads and letters to the editor, but that's all over.

Fire at plant sends three

A fire damaged a coal-feeding conveyor belt Monday at Craig Station, keeping a 408 megawatt-generation unit off-line and sending three workers to the hospital.

The last word

Local candidates answer questions on a variety of issues right before Election Day

Dorothy Wiseman

Bernice Finley

Commissioner backs river tax increase plan

Count on Referendum 4A as being one of the few proposed tax increases that T. Wright Dickinson will stand behind.

Parents file lawsuit against city over near-drowning incident

A Craig family is seeking unspecified damages against the city in the near drowning of their five-year-old son on July 4.

MCHS unable to overcome first half

Turnovers, mental mistakes make comeback unreachable in Battle of the Bulldogs

As Moffat County High School sophomore offensive lineman Mike Babb walked off the field with 7.2 seconds remaining in the MCHS/Palisade football game he looked up and said, "Too little, too late."

Many ballot issues will have direct impact on area

In 1994 voters statewide passed an amendment to the Colorado Constitution that put term limits in place for elected officials.